Career That Adds Up; Local Government Finance Offers Worthy Challenge
IS your future in local government finance? Local authorities are multi-million pound businesses, commissioning and delivering a wide range of services to benefit the community.
No business can survive without a sound financial basis. In the current difficult financial circumstances, local councils have been working harder than ever to continue to make efficiency savings and deliver improved performance and better value to the customer.
If you have some experience in finance and are looking for a challenging career that directly benefits your community, then working for local government could be the ideal career move for you.
You don't need to be a fully qualified accountant. Finance officers, for example, work to professionally qualified accountants and are part of a team that includes accountants, accounting technicians and accounting assistants (sometimes called finance clerks).
Daily activities Finance officers often act as line managers to accounting assistants and clerks, with oversight of the basic accountancy functions: financial records, production/analysis of figures for accountants or departmental heads, audit accounts, invoices, expenses claims and computerised accounting systems.
When accountancy assistants find mistakes or instances of malpractice they refer them to the finance officer for action. They also help with larger issues that might have to do with the whole council or a large department. For example, they may play a key role in financial implications of purchase and monitoring services for those in the community with special care needs - wheelchairs for disabled people, costs of running a residential home and so on. …